How Much Do Anthropologists Make in 2021 (including Starting Salary)

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2021 Annual Salary, Salary Range, and Highest Paying States and Industries


Anthropologists research, evaluate, and establish public policy concerning the origins of humans; their physical, social, linguistic, and cultural development; and their behavior, as well as the cultures, organizations, and institutions they have created.

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Table of contents
  1. Average salary
  2. Starting salary
  3. Salary rank
  4. Salary range
  5. Highest paying states
  6. Highest paying industries

Average salary

Annual salary
$69960 per year
Hourly wage
$34 per hour

Starting salary

Entry-level annual salary
$40,800 to $51,170 per year
Entry-level hourly wage
$20 to $25 per hour

Entry-level Anthropologists with little to no experience can expect to make anywhere between $40,800 to $51,170 per year or $20 to $25 per hour. Similar to any other job, their salary will increase as they gain experience.

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Salary rank

Salary rank

We wanted to make it easy for our readers to compare the salary of Anthropologists to all the other careers out there. So we created Salary Rank. We compared the salary of all careers then we gave them a rank of A, B, C, or D depending on where their average salary sit in comparison to other careers.

Salary range

Level Hourly Annual
Highest (Top 10%) $49 $102,770
Senior (Top 25%) $41 $84,560
Middle (Mid 50%) $32 $66,130
Junior (Bottom 25%) $25 $51,170
No experience (Bottom 10%) $20 $40,800

Highest paying states

State Hourly Annual
NY $45 $92,710
AK $42 $88,340
HI $41 $85,560
IL $37 $76,960
ID $37 $76,260
WA $36 $74,830
CA $36 $74,680
PA $36 $74,580
MN $36 $74,440
LA $35 $72,850

Another simple way to increase your salary as an Anthropologist is to move to a higher paying state. However moving to a higher paying state like NY doesn’t guarantee that you will make more because the expenses at NY might be much higher than where you are currently living at right now.

According to BLS, the highest paid Anthropologists are in the states of NY, AK, HI, IL and ID.

Highest paying industries

Salary by industry Annual Hourly
Federal Executive Branch $82040 $39.44
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services $73480 $35.33
Local Government $73180 $35.18
Scientific Research and Development Services $67240 $32.33
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services $66540 $31.99
Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions $64040 $30.79
State Government $61340 $29.49
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools $58300 $28.03

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